Industry experts and their knowledge


Meet Your Instructors

Great content is one thing, but having the right presenter to deliver that content is really what makes the difference. The Synergis Team of Applications Consultants have a combined 350+ years of industry experience behind them. Combine that with our guest presenters from Bright Machines, Autodesk, Leica, coolOrange, and PDBM and what you get is an “all-star” line-up of the industry’s best professionals and experts.

Every year we are honored to host many different presenters at SU.  In addition to the entire Synergis Technical Team, we are excited this year to bring in a number of additional guest speakers and industry professionals.  We guarantee that with this line-up, your day out of the office will be well worth it.

Guest Presenters

Brian DiNola – Autodesk
Robert Green – RGC Group
Bill Griffin – Bright Machines
Corey Gulley – Autodesk
Jacob Hauptman – Borton Lawson
Wyatt Lee – Leica Geosystems
Angela Newland – CCI
Jorge Quiroz – PDBM (CCI)
Jamie Scherer – Autodesk
Ralph Schoch – Victaulic
Loren Welch – Autodesk

Synergis Presenters

Dave Breiner – Manufacturing
Joe Corson – Data Management
John Kavusak – Data Management
Bill Knittle – Architecture/Building & BIM
Mark Lancaster – Manufacturing
Todd Schmoock – Electrical Design
Kevin Spear, P.E. – Civil/Infrastructure
Scott Stortz – PLM/FLC
Jim Swain – Manufacturing
David Taylor – Manufacturing

Guest Presenters

Brian DiNola, Autodesk

Brian DiNola is a Product Specialist Sales Executive at Autodesk, managing the advanced manufacturing products in the eastern US region. He has over 15 years of experience in using, selling, and implementing CAM software to reduce setup and programming time for production and prototype part and mold manufacturing. This includes specializations programming CNC multi-axis and Swiss lathes and 5 axis milling.

Robert Green, Robert Green Consulting Group

Since 1991, Robert Green has provided CAD management consulting, programming, training and technical writing services for clients throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.  A trained Mechanical Engineer, Robert has been using AutoCAD, MicroStation, SDRC, Calma, and Inventor software systems in a variety of engineering environments since 1985.

From his extensive experience, Robert came to enjoy the technical and training challenges associated with CAD Management and now spends his time training CAD managers via public speaking. He has published numerous articles in Cadalyst magazine, as well as a book, Expert CAD Management: The Complete Guide. Robert heads his own consulting practice, The Robert Green Consulting Group, based in Atlanta.

Bill Griffin, Bright Machines

Bill is an enterprise technology veteran who is energized by working with customers to solve modern manufacturing challenges. He has worked worldwide in technology sales to manufacturers for over twenty years. Having led global sales organizations at Aspen Technology, Autodesk, and Xerox, Bill has learned that teamwork and customer success orientation are the long-term keys to success.

He was most recently a partner in TechCXO LLC a management consulting firm that helps technology start-ups and high growth companies achieve their goals. Bill holds a Bachelor of Business Administration BS in Marketing from Wilkes University.

Jacob Hauptman, Borton Lawson

In his role as Emerging Technologies Service Leader at Borton-Lawson, Jacob Hauptmann leads a team responsible for researching and developing both internal and external technology-centric solutions to offer more value to our clients and differentiate how we deliver those solutions. He has more than 15 years in land development, survey, transportation, utilities, and architectural projects.

Jacob manages the company’s standards in AutoCAD, AutoCAD Civil 3D, ArcGIS, and AutoCAD Map 3D. He also has knowledge in Autodesk Recap, Autodesk Navisworks, Autodesk Infraworks, AutoCAD Plant 3D.

Wyatt Lee, Leica Geosystems

As the current Atlantic Regional Sales Manager for Industrial Plant Solutions at Leica, Wyatt works with companies to assess operations, identify areas for improvement, and explore new ideas for gaining competitive advantages by implementing Leica 3D Laser Scanning Solutions.

In his previous position as a Territory Solution Specialist, he implemented various 3D modeling and 3D scanning solutions. Wyatt earned his degree from State University of New York College at Geneseo.

Angela Newland, P.E., A.A.E., CCI Engineering Services

Angela Newland is a Senior Project Manager with CCI Engineering Services.  She has over 30 years of experience in engineering project and program management, with 16 of those years in executive management positions at two U.S. airports.  She was the Vice President of Planning and Engineering for the Columbus Regional Airport Authority from 1997-2009, and the Assistant Director of Aviation for Airport Development at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport from 2009-2013.  She provided leadership of capital programs in excess of $1 billion in each of those positions. 

With CCI, she was an integral part of the development of the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) “BIM Beyond Design for Airports” Guidebook and the Port of Seattle BIM Needs Assessment.  Angela is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering.

Jorge Quiroz, PBDM

Jorge is the Director of PDBM Consulting, an international BIM Consulting Firm dedicated to providing professional services and strategic solutions for owners, developers, real estate companies, design consultants, construction managers, contractors and operators in the areas of virtual design and construction.  Over the last 15 years, Jorge and his team of BIM Consultants and Technical Specialists have helped large private companies and public agencies in the region adopt BIM Technology using a proprietary BIM Methodology.

PDBM Consulting is an Authorized Service Provider Partner, certified by Autodesk to provide lifecycle BIM services for Architectural, Engineering, Construction, and Operations projects.

Jamie Scherer, Autodesk

Jamie Scherer joined Autodesk in 2010 as a Manufacturing Technical Specialist. As a Solutions Engineer, Jamie’s duties include supporting our North American customers by understanding their business issues and finding solutions that solve their challenges. More recently he is focused on Fusion 360.

Jamie has collaborated on projects from Product Development to Marketing in addition to supporting the Americas Sales Organization. Prior to joining Autodesk, Jamie was a Designer and Cad Manager for a Yacht Company in New Gretna, NJ. Jamie was responsible for implementing Autodesk Inventor, Vault Professional, Alias and Showcase throughout the enterprise. Jamie also was a freelance consultant for Product Development, Packaging, and Graphic Design Projects.

Ralph Schoch, Victaulic

Ralph Schoch is the Revit, Technology, and Internal Support Manager with Victaulic. He has been with them for over 20 years, and his role involves managing all Revit software and content development. In addition, Ralph is responsible for managing internal and external user experience of the Victaulic Tools for Revit, and handles defining future development of their own custom Revit software add-in applications.

Loren Welch, Autodesk

Synergis Presenters

Dave Breiner

Dave came to Synergis Engineering Design Solutions with 20 years of manufacturing industry experience. Before becoming one of our technical experts in 2013, Dave worked as a CAD Manager, where he transitioned his department from 2D to 3D modeling using iLogic programming. Dave earned his degree in Engineering Design from Northampton Community College.

With a focus on Autodesk Manufacturing Solutions, Dave is well versed in Inventor with expertise in iLogic, and spends his time as an Applications Consultant doing custom consulting, company modeling standards, and one-on-one training.

Joe Corson

Joe has been a Synergis Applications Consultant since 2015, and has over 15 years of experience in the manufacturing industry. Before joining Synergis, Joe worked as a mechanical designer at a large manufacturing company using Vault, Inventor, and AutoCAD.  He then became a Vault Administrator, and streamlined Vault usage and procedure across the company.  Joe earned his Associate’s Degree in CAD Drafting from Thompson Institute. 

As a Synergis technical expert, Joe uses his expertise to focus exclusively on data management and Autodesk Vault.  You will find him performing Vault implementations, upgrades, and training for Synergis customers.

John Kavusak

John has over 20 years of manufacturing industry experience and has been a Synergis Applications Consultant since 2006.  Before becoming a Synergis technical expert, John worked as an IT and CAD Administrator, supporting over 150 people.  He further went on to implement a cabinet library in Mechanical Desktop to streamline the creation of shop drawings for a large cabinet manufacturer.

At Synergis, John focuses his talents on Autodesk manufacturing and data management solutions.  He is a certified Autodesk Inventor Professional, and you can find him doing Autodesk Vault implementations and Autodesk Inventor training.

Bill Knittle

Bill joined the Synergis Applications Consultant team in 2006 with over 20 years of experience in the architectural industry.  Previously, he worked as a CAD Technician, where he managed company CAD standards, mentored colleagues, and migrated his firm from AutoCAD to AutoCAD Architecture.  Bill earned his Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Hartford.

Bill focuses on Autodesk AEC solutions and is an Autodesk Certified Revit Implementation Expert and an Autodesk Certified AutoCAD Architecture and Revit Architecture Professional.  Bill spends his time as a Synergis Applications consultant instructing our AEC and Architecture focused training classes, and implementing BIM solutions for our customers.

Mark Lancaster

Mark brought over 20 years of manufacturing industry experience and 15 years of 3D modeling to Synergis Engineering Design Solutions when he joined the team in 2013 as a Product Support Specialist and Helpdesk Technician.  A self-taught AutoCAD user since Version 9, focusing on CAD and document management administration, Mark is an Autodesk Expert Elite, Certified Inventor Professional and multi-time speaker at Autodesk University in Las Vegas.

An expert in the Autodesk Account and licensing, you will find Mark assisting Synergis customers with product support issues and creating informative videos and resources for our blog and YouTube channel. You’ll even see him in Autodesk Licensing/Installation and Inventor forums assisting other Autodesk Users in his free time.

Todd Schmoock

Todd came to Synergis in 2003 with over 25 years of experience in the mechanical engineering field.  Previously, Todd was a documentation specialist and designer, working on specific projects to meet government standards. His experience and expertise also span the technical ceramic, elevation, and specialty gas industries.  Todd is an Inventor Certified Professional, Manufacturing Implementation Certified Expert, and is Autodesk Level 5 Demo Certified. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Systems Management from Delaware Valley College.

Todd’s focus is on manufacturing, and you’ll find him instructing a variety of training classes like Inventor Essentials and AutoCAD Electrical Essentials, supporting customers on consulting projects, and regularly presenting at Autodesk University in Las Vegas.

Kevin Spear, P.E.

Prior to joining the Synergis Engineering Design Solutions technical team in 2012, Kevin spent 25 years in the civil engineering industry, holding roles as Senior Civil Engineer and Senior Applications Specialist.  He provided civil design support for national and international projects and maintained CAD and BIM standards.  Kevin is a certified Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Messiah College.

As an Autodesk certified AutoCAD and AutoCAD Civil 3D Professional, you’ll find Kevin instructing several Synergis training classes like AutoCAD and Civil 3D Essentials, as well as working with customers on custom training and consulting projects.

Scott Stortz

In 2016, Scott Joined the Synergis Engineering Design Solutions technical team with over 20 years of experience as a mechanical engineer, where he developed products for manufacturers of industrial machinery, heavy-duty transportation vehicles, and industrial appliances.  Throughout his manufacturing career, Scott also held roles dedicated to improving business processes utilizing CAD, Data Management, and ERP and PLM systems.

As the Synergis PLM and Fusion Lifecycle expert, Scott spends his time consulting with customers to streamline their processes and transform their businesses, and hosting informative PLM webcasts and tutorials.

Jim Swain

Jim joined the Synergis Engineering Design Solutions technical team in 1997 and has over 30 years of total experience in the manufacturing industry.  Before joining Synergis, he worked in the consumer electronics and automotive industries as a design engineer, test engineer, and CAD administrator.  Jim is a certified AutoCAD and Inventor Expert and has used that expertise to present at Autodesk University in Las Vegas since 2003.  He earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University.

At Synergis, you’ll find Jim instructing various training classes like AutoCAD Essentials and Inventor Essentials, conducting custom and one-on-one manufacturing training classes, working with customers on consulting projects, and creating many of our informative tutorials and videos.

David Taylor

David came to Synergis in 2019 with 20 years of design experience, having held various positions including Mechanical Designer, CAD System Analyst, and System Specialist, where he was instrumental in establishing design standards, support, data management, and technology upgrades and improvements for a global industry leader.  Dave is a multi-time presenter at Autodesk University, teaching sessions ranging from Generative Design and Vault’s Job Processor, to How to Leverage Social Media, and iOS Development.

Using his extensive knowledge of 3D Laser scanning and software including AutoCAD, Inventor, Vault Professional, coolOrange, and more, David spends his time at Synergis working on large consulting projects for our customers to help them implement new software and solutions.

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